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December 2011 - Joint Use Agreements
Joint Use Advances the State Plan

 

Joint use agreements can "unlock the gates" of publicly funded facilities and privately owned property for use by organizations who aim to increase access to healthy foods and physical activities for community residents. Joint or shared use agreements can fall on a continuum from informal handshake agreements to formal written contracts. Getting agreements in writing can make the joint use more sustainable in the long run, but each of the joint use examples in this newsletter has clearly benefitted the health of Washington communities.

Partner Profile: Johnie Tucker

 

Partner Profiles highlight the work of long-standing champions of nutrition and physical activity. For 16 years, Johnie Tucker has brought innovative programming to Vancouver Parks & Recreation including teen programs supported by joint use agreements. more
Children Benefit from Shared Use in Spokane

The Spokane Regional Health District hosted a workshop on joint use in June 2011. Several presentations covered shared use agreements to ensure that school children and their families have access to free and low cost physical activity. more

Access to Healthy Food Through Joint Use Agreements

 

Washington cities are transforming public land into community gardens to improve access to affordable healthy food, improve physical activity and even build community. Read about the new community gardens in Clark County. more 
Food Bank Farm Grows from Shared Use

The Bellingham Food Bank was facing the challenge of how to provide more fresh food for their clients; access to a farm offered a low-cost solution to this problem. That's when two organizations with human service missions developed a shared use agreement to dedicate three acres of farmland to growing fresh food for the Bellingham Food Bank.
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Co-Location of Downtown Child Care Center Supports Breastfeeding

The co-location of offices and child care facilities helps nursing mothers return to work. Construction of a new Public Health building in downtown Seattle included plans for a child care center space. For working women, it is an ideal situation for breastfeeding and spending break time with their infants
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Indoor Track in Shopping Mall Encourages Physical Activity

In Aberdeen, partners have made it easier for people to be physically active by setting up an indoor track in a shopping mall. Being able to get free exercise at the mall helps people stay active during the cold and rainy winter months.
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Joint Use Agreements Promote Active Communities

Examples of joint use agreements and success stories from communities across the state have been collected and made available in the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington's Web-based document library. more
Funding Opportunities

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants

Application Deadline: December 31

 

Nathan Cummings Foundation Environmental Health Objectives

Application Deadline: January 15, 2012

 

Fuel Up to Play 60

Application Deadline: February 1

 

Learn more

Upcoming Events

School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference

March 4-8 - Washington DC

 

Fresh Food in Schools Summit

March 8 - Olympia, WA

 

Heathy Schools Summit

May 17-18 - SeaTac, WA

 

More on these events and others

Featured Resources

NEW Shared Use Toolkit produced by the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition

 

More on featured resources

Special Issue on Joint Use:
Children Benefit from Shared Use in Spokane
Access to Healthy Food Through Joint Use Agreements
Food Bank Farm Grows from Shared Use
Co-Location of Downtown Child Care Center Supports Breastfeeding
Indoor Track in Shopping Mall Encourages Physical Activity
Joint Use Agreements Promote Active Communities
Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Featured Resources
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